Candidiasis – If you have white, creamy-looking lesions inside or on the roof of your mouth accompanied by soreness, bleeding, or difficulty eating and swallowing, you may have candidiasis. Candidiasis is a fungal overgrowth that usually ails individuals with compromised immune systems.
Benign tumors – Benign, or noncancerous, tumors are growths that can affect any area of the mouth. While they may be irritating, they are unlikely to spread. Benign tumors are most often caused by constant irritation or viruses.
Oral cancer – Oral cancer is usually found on the mouth or lips, but in some cases, oral cancer can attack the salivary glands, which may cause a painful bump on the roof of your mouth. Symptoms of oral cancer include sores that bleed and don’t heal, thick mucus, and jaw pain. Tobacco users who notice these symptoms should contact a doctor right away.
When should you see a doctor? If you’ve suffered from a major burn, trauma, or injury to the mouth, it’s wise to seek treatment from a healthcare professional right away. Alternatively, if a bump on the roof of your mouth hasn’t healed after two weeks, changes significantly in shape or size, bleeds persistently, makes it too painful to eat, drink, or talk, or causes your dentures to fit improperly, it’s time to see a doctor.
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Resources Johnson, J. Bump on the Roof of the Mouth: 12 Causes. Medical News Today. MediLexicon International
Komaroff, Anthony L. The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. Free Press. 2005.